Year Released: 1987

It’s hard to imagine what adidas would have become in America if it weren’t for the independent effort of the kings from Queens. Run-DMC repped adidas hard before they got paid to do so, when Patrick Ewing was still in college and the Beastie Boys were still a fledgling punk band. Finally signed of the strength of both the track “My adidas” and audience’s frenzied reaction to same, Run-DMC were blessed with what they had long dreamed of — a signature shoe. The Ultrastar was the classic shelltoe Superstar writ large, ready to go with or without laces.